Due to the unique character of Banff National Park, a wildlife interaction, although unlikely, could occur on the race route. The following are some resources you may find helpful:
Wildlife Response Plan (below)
There are three different scenario responses, “Green”, “Yellow” and “Red”: Flags will be present at each aid station located along the run route - please be aware what each flag colour represents in order to proceed through the run with proper precaution.
“Green” – No wildlife concerns currently along the marathon route, or section of that route. Code green means wildlife are not present or wildlife have passed through the area and are greater than 100 m away and moving further away.
“Yellow” – Wildlife are present in the area but there is a low risk of direct conflict between the wildlife and the event participants/staff. The marathon may continue along the planned route, but the participants are to be warned of wildlife sighting and to use caution in the area, potentially having to slow down, stop or turn around. The participants will be re-warned that they must keep 100 m from all carnivores and (if in spring calving season) female elk, and 30 m from all other ungulates at all times. Code yellow means wildlife are within the area, >100 m from the road but not moving out of the area, and are a species of higher potential for concern – i.e. a grizzly bear, wolf, or female elk who may be hiding a calf nearby.
“Red” – Wildlife are present in the event area and the risk of human-wildlife conflict is deemed by the Parks Canada RMO as being high if the marathon continues along the planned route. Participants may be rerouted, turned-around, or proceed on Plan B route depending on the timing of the code "red". Prior to race start, the maximum wait time for a code red scenario is one hour.
*Please follow all instructions as directed by Banff Marathon Staff, Volunteers, and Parks Canada Employees
iPods/MP3 Players/Headphones: The Event prohibits the use of these devices for the runner's saefty and the safety of those around them. We encourage participants to listen to the sounds of nature and not wear headphones for the purpose of being alert to any wildlife activity on the course. There is no risk of disqualification for simple use, however, if a runner puts themselves or other runners at risk, directly or indirectly through the use of these items, the Event reserves the right to disqualify the participant.